Liszt, Dohnányi, Kodály

Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 01:00


Liszt, Dohnányi & Koday

Raphael Wallfisch, John York, Franz Liszt, Ernö Dohnányi, Zoltán Kodály

Nimbus Records


Kodály and cello might make you think of the great sonata for solo cello. But what’s offered here is the altogether less well- known Sonata, Op 4, for cello and piano. Wallfisch and York handle it well, especially the dancing second movement, as they do the much more romantically inclined Sonata, Op 8 by Dohnányi. Liszt’s music for cello and piano, much of it arranged from works in his bleak late style, is more interesting than you might think for a composer with no reputation for chamber music. In the performances here, which also include Jules de Swert’s arrangements of the six Consolations , Wallfisch’s cello playing doesn’t hit the mark as consistently as York’s at the piano.